Very sad news received from Wendy Schaeffer just before Christmas that Koyuna Sun Magic (Fox) has passed away aged 21. Wendy bought him as a 4YO from the Koyuna Stud and produced him to 4*, winning Sydney CCI3* in 2005 along the way, and finishing sixth at Kentucky CCI4* in 2007. They were reserves for the Australian team at the 2006 WEG in Aachen and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Based at Reybridge when she was in the UK, Wendy could see David’s results first hand and in 2011 offered him the ride. The pair went through Young Riders together and Fox helped David to success in his early international competitions – Haras le Pin CIC2* (3rd), Weston Park YRCCI2* (1st), Vale Sabroso CIC2* (3rd), Tattersalls CIC3* (2nd) – and the pair represented Great Britain in the Nations Cup twice in 2014, at Fontainebleau and Houghton International.
Fox finished his career with another good friend of Wendy’s, Kate Winter-Hutton, representing South Africa at the Aldon and Hambledon Internationals at CIC* level.
Above: flying Fox – at full stretch to finish 3rd at Vale Sabroso CIC2*